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Transition Foundations Program

A pathway to post-secondary education for mature learners (21+), with a possibility for a
full-tuition scholarship. 

The program caters to learners who have the motivation, potential, and stability required to be successful in post-secondary education, but have educational gaps and/or lack the formal admissions requirements.

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The Transitions Foundations Program is geared toward those candidates who have the potential for success in post-secondary education, but also have educational gaps that have resulted in incomplete admissions requirements for traditional pathways into post-secondary studies. Candidates may have previously had negative educational experiences, resulting in being unable to complete high school, or have been away from formal education for several years. Upon successful completion of the Transition Foundations Program, learners will be awarded a recognition of completion from The Chang School of Continuing Education.

Learners who successfully complete the Transition Foundations Program may choose to apply to an undergraduate program at Toronto Metropolitan University, take more continuing education courses, register for a certificate program through The Chang School, or apply to another post-secondary institution.


Transition Foundations → University Degree

Learners who choose an undergraduate degree program at Toronto Metropolitan University are eligible to apply for admission to selected degree programs within the following faculties:

Program Structure

Time Commitment

Learners in the Transition Foundations Program should expect to commit two to three evenings per week for four semesters.

All courses offered are fully online, with some synchronous and others asynchronous (please check individual course information). For the synchronous courses, virtual lectures typically take place from 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. For the asynchronous courses, you will not be required to be online at a specific time.

An additional six to ten hours per week will be required for homework (including readings, assignments, research, and writing), and campus resource appointments.


University Degree Credit Courses

CYSG 110, CYSG 140, CYSG 170, and CYSG 180

Learners participate in weekly tutorials alongside their credit courses. These tutorials are designed to support learner's academic development by providing the tools required to become a successful student in a post-secondary setting as well as supporting with the understanding of course material.


In order to successfully complete the Transition Foundations Program, and to be eligible for admission into a selected Toronto Metropolitan degree program, learners must have a minimum course grade of C+ for each term, and a passing grade in all three Academic Success Foundations courses.


Tuition for the Transition Foundations Program is approximately $825 per semester. Materials cost approximately $100 per semester. Please note that these prices are approximate and are subject to change.

Learners in the Transition Foundations Program require a minimum of a year and a half (four semesters) to complete the program. Additional time may be required based on the learner’s English level and desired degree program.

Finances are unfortunately a common barrier faced by many learners in their educational journey. To address this, learners in the Transition Foundations Program have the opportunity to apply for awards and bursaries available only to students in this program in order to supplement the cost of the courses.

Application Process

All prospective learners must complete the following steps in order to gain admission into the program:

  • Information Session
  • Application Forms
  • Interview
    • A representative from the Transitions Foundations Program will call you to book an interview (approximately 30 minutes) to discuss the following:
      • application form and your best academic path
      • your past educational experiences and future educational goals
      • your current life situation
      • the challenges you anticipate
      • the supports and/or strategies you have in place to start university-level studies
      • your long-term career goals
      • follow up on any questions you may have


Please remember to provide an original copy of your most recent transcripts by mail or in person. Contact your most recent high school, school board, or post-secondary institution to request a transcript.